Here are the 10 myths that are discussed in The Top 10 Myths About Evolution by Cameron McPherson Smith and Charles Sullivan. I’ve added a couple of notes where I think the myth is unclear from the chapter title.
From your experiences in talking to people about evolution, have you found these to be the common misperceptions that people hold? If so, how do you talk about these issues?
Or have you found other misconceptions about evolution to be prominent? If so, what are the misconceptions you’ve run across most often?
Myth 1: Survival of the Fittest (basically the misunderstanding of this term, equating it to “might makes right.”)
Myth 2: It’s Just a Theory
Myth 3: The Ladder of Progress (evolution has a direction leading to more complex beings and man is the pinnacle of progress, keeping humans in the center of the universe)
Myth 4: The Missing Link
Myth 5: Evolution is Random
Myth 6: People Come from Monkeys
Myth 7: Nature’s Perfect Balance
Myth 8: Creationism Disproves Evolution
Myth 9: Intelligent Design is Science
Myth 10: Evolution is Immoral (or, actually, believing in evolution leads people to become immoral)